Homecoming career events offer students networking opportunities
By Steve SeepersaudIf you're making an unfamiliar journey, it's almost always helpful to consult someone who has traveled down the same path. The spirit of alumni helping current students was at the center of several events that took place during Homecoming weekend. The Alumni Association and campus partners sponsored a variety of student-alumni career networking events on campus Oct. 11-12.
Student-run ambulance company Harpur's Ferry, which celebrated its 40th anniversary at Homecoming 2013, invited students to a panel discussion and networking session. Harpur's Ferry alumni shared how their on-campus experiences inspired their career paths into some form of medical practice.
"I was so pleased the alumni office reached out to all us," said Jeff Midgley '04, associate director of Allied Health Professionals for Eos Medical Group in Fishkill, N.Y., physician assistant for emergency medicine, and COO and co-founder of JAMB Innovations. "For us to be able to return and give back is phenomenal. I met my wife through Harpur's Ferry and made a career out of Harpur's Ferry. It was a stepping stone to the rest of my life."
Alumni of Color (pictured), Harpur College of Arts and Sciences and the Career Development Center also sponsored career panels and networking events. Students had opportunities to meet alumni working in a variety of career fields and to expand their professional networks. The School of Management held its 12th Mentoring & Networking Event on Saturday morning and afternoon, attracting its highest-ever number of alumni volunteers. Greys
The Department of Athletics, which recently launched the Varsity Club as a way to keep former student-athletes connected to each other and the University, held a panel discussion on Friday afternoon at the Events Center. Current student-athletes had a chance to hear from five people who were once in their shoes. The alumni talked about the role that athletics played in their eventual career success. (Pictured below are the panelists: Taryn Ferrara '10, Brian Lindsay '05, Brad Manchester '86, Rachel Myers '06, Jose Moreira '00, MBA '03)
"[Students] really do own their own careers," says Lindsay, who played baseball for Binghamton and now works at Lockheed Martin in Owego. "They can mold themselves into the leaders they want to be. Push the envelope, get yourself out there. Who knows where it will take you but you can shape it to where you want to be in the end."
Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society, hosted a Watson Alumni-Student Roundtable at the new Engineering & Science Building. The organization was the recipient of the Alumni Association's inaugural Student-Alumni Engagement Award, which provided support for the event.
Did you know that you can make a difference in the life of a current student at any time of year, on or off campus? The Alumni Association would welcome your support as a career development volunteer. You can mentor a student, speak in a class, serve on a panel or hire a student for a job or internship. Learn more on our website, and get involved today.
Miranda Langrehr '14 contributed to this report.